Where We Are Now (1)
If nothing else, the election of Donald Trump to the Presidency has clarified what was before a murky situation. For, prior to this event it appears that the Republican elite’s top priority was to conserve the idea that beneath all of our policy differences there existed a common creed spanning the Progressive-Conservative divide. Yes, we may disagree vehemently on means, but, so they believed, we were all pursuing common ends, and valued our common heritage.
Thus, for the past thirty years Republican elites have stressed their willingness to “cross the aisle” to work with their Democratic opponents. There is nothing inherently wrong with this idea. However, so determined were they to preserve the idea of national cohesion that they actively refused to notice that “compromise” usually meant conservatives compromising their core values to move towards progressives. As I have previously noted, even the most ardent Republican “bi-partisaners” suffered vile political and personal attack if they were contending with an accredited progressive in an election.
The patience of non-progressives towards “bi-partisanship” likely ran out with the 2012 Republican nomination of Mitt Romney for President. For, here was a man of manifest good intentions and manners who had successfully governed a “blue” state (Massachusetts) as a Republican. Yet, this man was systematically slandered in the Presidential campaign to such effect that he ended up reviled by a plurality of the population.
Why then shouldn’t citizens who opposed the progressive project conclude that it was a losing proposition to nominate nice, bi-partisan guys for the Presidency. For, as I have previously pointed out:
No, after eight years of abuse the electorate that opposes Progressive policies decided that only a bare-knuckled street fighter was capable of winning back the Presidency. They nominated Mr. Trump, supported him through thick-and-thin and turned out to vote him into office.
So, if you are wondering how we ended up with a man of Donald Trump’s character in the White House, my above answer holds.
Looking back on the 2016 Republican primaries, it’s clear to me now that Mr. Trump won by sequentially exposing each opposing Republican candidate as a wimp. Thus, what I and many others saw as cruel, uncouth behavior actually had a rational purpose. Most of the other Republican candidates said that they were tho one who could effectively oppose the progressive movement. By showing that they would wilt under cruel attack Mr. Trump demonstrated that they, like Mitt Romney, would collapse under the far more powerful attacks of the Democratic media-political machine.
If progressives and Republican elitists are appalled by Mr. Trump’s victory then they need only look to themselves for the reason. For, they had built a culture in which progressives were free to engage in the most savage and dishonest attacks on their opponents while elite Republicans cowered in fear before them.
This is the description of an unofficial quasi-caste system (based on family, education and outlook), where the progressive left sits at the absolute top and elite Republicans get to occupy (as long as they behave properly towards their betters) the next lower rung. Far, far below them sit the unwashed masses of citizens — ignorant, stupid and immoral. How dare this low caste rise up and elect someone who intends to represent their interests!
What are the interests of those who elected Donald Trump to the presidency will be discussed next.